Several months ago I picked up a new hobby, it's turning out to be tons of fun..harder than I thought and lordy it's expensive...lol but I'm having a blast. I'll show the pictures in order ...lets hope you can see a progression of skill.
Araness, your cakes are so beautiful. What a great job you did. Look like they sell for quite abit. Yummmm!.
My first cake that I completed does have flowers but did not look too good. I must practice on my flowers and piping sometime next week. I have promised a couple of cakes to friends. These are my tasters of all things sweet.
Tyty..got your email..sorry had an open house today for the realtors and I got told to scram *G*
Hope your feeling better...I'm in Orange this week but will be back in Pearland on Sunday night. They are putting a new roof on the house and we should close on the 2nd of Aug. I'll be moving around the 13th (around about) so I'll be back and forth until then.
Araness, nice to see that you are still making beautiful cakes. I would like to know what the filling is for that lovely cake. I only took a brief class in April making the flowers. And made 2 cakes for the class which I am pleased with. Not as nice as yours though. But I have not practiced too much. As soon as it gets a bit cooler, I will start with my cakes. The heat of my hands and the kitchen make my flowers melt.
this cake will be pretty plain..she wants two different types. Half the layers will be strawberry with a fresh strawberry filling the other two will be a white almond wedding cake with a almond buttercream. For the almond layers I'll use a amaretto flavoring in the fondant and for the strawberry either a cheesecake or a champagne flavoring. Most people won't eat the fondant but for the ones who do I'd like for it to have a taste.
No, most people don't see the expense of these cakes. I've had people call or email me with pictures of cakes they want and then literally gasp when I tell them prices. The above cake (minus the bottom layer) will cost me about 225.00 just in supplies, that does not count the untold hours spent to decorate, clean, shop etc. I guess people don't see the 2 hours you sit tinting the fondant the right shade of teal or how long it takes to imprint the fondant with the correct patterns etc as actual "work" that they should pay for.
We've just moved and I've spent the last two days trying to unpack all my cake supplies and organizing them...humm not sure how I can move into a house double the size of my old one and still not have enough space. DH put up shelves last night in a small broom closet for my pans, and I've taken over the island for my utensils, colors, dusts etc my airbrush, fondant roller and cutter had to be shoved in a cabinet due to lack of space...if I ever get done I'll post a picture.
What wonderful space to put your supplies. Congratulations on your move to a larger house. You will get it in order soon. You seem very disciplined so your work space will be also. You are doing a great job with the cakes. I enjoy looking at them.
araness--those are just unbelievable!! i did cake decorating a long time ago from a wilton type lesson--i used the character pans and did cakes for my kids birthday parties and even those took lots of time--
Linda, if you have the talent and patience to make a character pan look like it's suppose to then you are one talented lady..I've tried a few...some how my Barney turned out looking like Strawberry Shortcake!
Araness , when you told me you loved cooking , I can see now you really meant it . I see love in every one of your cakes . Sad to have such art destroyed by eating it . Thank goodness for pictures . Sally
Now...I want to share with you a cake decorated with True Love...When my DD had her BD in March (she has taken some Wilton classes), her DH and 16 YO DS took it upon themselves to do her a cake...here is the result...not bad for 2 guys that never did one before. Jo
R R , that is a work of love . The basket weave is awsome . I have never gotten a present that would mean so much to me . That family will be together forever .Lucky ,lucky , lucky .
My son's idea of a gift for me would be to bring me some deer to put up and share the backstrap with him . LOL
They are a wonderful , close knit family...my 16 yo is an only child and everyone that meets him comments on what a well mannered young man he is. He is in 10th grade and just took his Senior GF to her prom...sshe is graduating one year early though...so only a year older. LOL Jo
Edited to say that he doesn't look this mean all the time...I think he is training to be a Marine Drill SGT~ LOL
Araness, I admit to watching Buddy, the Cake Boss, sometimes. I have a question that you can probably answer. I would like to try fondant. I have heard fondant tastes horrid. I have seen several fondant recipes and judging from what is actually IN them, I don't know why they would be horrid. Is making fondant all that hard? I mean, I have made puff pastry and croissants from scratch, and it can't be all THAT bad, can it??
Anna, no fondant isn't hard to make. I purchase mine simply so I can have a consistent product. Only trick with making fondant, MMF or White Choc is to knead it an then let it sit for several days. Check it for elasticity and if needed knead in more powdered sugar.
Your cakes are prize winning. What an accomplishment!
The cute but sullen stage is thankfully behind us. The era of one word sentences and BTW only the boys suffered from adolescent mutism. . A typical conversation went something like this..Mom, "How was school today?" Child, "Okay." Mom, "Anything interesting happen?" Child, "Nope." Mom, "What did you do?" Child, "Nothin'." Mom, "Do you have homework?" Child, "Nope." Mom, "Want a snack?" Child, "Yup." Ahh...memories.